Grieving the passing onto glory of the literary legend Gabriel Okara, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, in an announcement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, sympathized with the deceased close family and the general population of Bayelsa State. It was revealed that he kicked the bucket while sleeping in his residence in Bayelsa state.
The statement reads: “On behalf of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the President extends heartfelt commiserations to the Okara family, the government and people of Bayelsa State, the literary community and all who drank from the writer’s fountain of knowledge. “As a dedicated and well-published writer in all the literary genres, President Buhari, believes Okara, who was deservedly known as the ‘founder of Modern African literature’ will be fondly remembered for his immense contributions to the development of African literature, drawing on experience from his native Ijaw language. “The President extolled the great story-teller whose powerful use of imagery and symbolism in his literary writings helped the world to appreciate and understand the richness, complexities and uniqueness of the African heritage and culture.”